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It is clearly 'nob' and not 'knob'

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iggypiggy · 09/03/2010 11:43

Am worried about my sanity - am getting increasingly upset with people posting knob or knobhead - when clearly they mean nob or nobhead or nobber etc.

It is a nob - not a door knob...

Please tell me it doesn't matter and I should calm down

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Lemonmeringue · 09/03/2010 11:52

Nope - 'knob' = penis in this sense...

iggypiggy · 09/03/2010 11:53

I completely disagree

Nob = penis

Knob = something you have on your drawers

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frumpygrumpy · 09/03/2010 11:55

Knob = penis in my house

Hob Knob

Nob of butter?

RealityKindaLingers · 09/03/2010 11:56

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missseptember · 09/03/2010 11:57

I have seen it both ways and tbh would normally spell it with the 'k'. However think your sanity will survive

PS it doesn't matter so calm down

iggypiggy · 09/03/2010 11:57

see nob of butter so doesn't work - so must be Knob... - I can't speak for ridculous naming of bicuits - I blame the ad men

But that is my point - Nob = penis and only penis... Knob is for other domestic uses

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Lemonmeringue · 09/03/2010 11:58

No, knobs can be in your (well, some people's) drawers as well as on them. Honestly, it's in the OED.

I just realized that I said 'nope' in Pedants' Corner. Am waiting for the knock on the door.

iggypiggy · 09/03/2010 11:58

reality I agree with Nob = posh twat - but because posh twat = Penis?! no?

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RealityKindaLingers · 09/03/2010 12:00

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iggypiggy · 09/03/2010 12:00

ha ha - i can actually see I may be losing this on - but it still drives me mad

frumpy Nob discussions are the best

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dittany · 09/03/2010 12:01

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Lemonmeringue · 09/03/2010 12:02

Knob of butter - all the same word = lumps! In the case of the penis it refers to the, er, end.

Nob, see RealityKindaLingers, above.

Hob-nob - completely irrelevant!

iggypiggy · 09/03/2010 12:03

Listen you lot - the urban Dictionary says it is so:


So I'm clearly just more cool than everyone else - with your fancy OED definitions

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TrillianAstra · 09/03/2010 12:03

at rounded protuberance

Hob-nobs must be posh biscuits then.

Lemonmeringue · 09/03/2010 12:06

Slang dictionary is with me, but allows you a variant spelling.


iggypiggy · 09/03/2010 12:07

Lemon you see I knew I was right - spelling it knob is clearly the uncool way...

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dittany · 09/03/2010 12:08

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Lemonmeringue · 09/03/2010 12:10

Yes, but since when has this been 'Cool Corner'?

Time for a lie down.

iggypiggy · 09/03/2010 12:10

dittany I know - but that is the way nobbers spell it

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Lemonmeringue · 09/03/2010 12:11

...Or perhaps a biscuit.

iggypiggy · 09/03/2010 12:16

lemon I have got to win somehow though. How will I live it down otherwise. So cool it is.

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Lemonmeringue · 09/03/2010 12:22

Are you hoping to have the last word?

Cool, but not Correct.

iggypiggy · 09/03/2010 12:47

As correct as knob is, I think - but edging it as preferred spelling of cool people.

Anyway - moving on am thinking of starting a thread on people spelling Poo as Pooh - which also annoys me...

That and the longstanding affect/ effect issue - which is frankly stressful.

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YanknCock · 17/03/2010 15:54

I saw this sign in the local gym last night.

All Gary's Lesson's.
All Gary's lessons are cancelled from Saturday 20th March-27th March.
Saturday lessons 20th March 8:30-11:30am as normal.
Sorry for any inconvenience.

Would it have been wrong to have crossed out the word 'inconvenience' and written in 'incoherence'?

I have so many questions. Why use the possessive 's in the first line if you get it right in the second line? Why not address the notice to 'Gary's Students'? Are the 8:30-11:30 lessons with Gary? If they are, then you shouldn't say all his lessons on that date are cancelled (because they aren't). If those lessons aren't with Gary, why are they mentioned in this notice to Gary's students?

Why do I care? I don't play tennis!

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